This Is Us

Good morning and happy Friday Golden family! I’m excited to formerly introduce myself and tell you who the person is behind the name “Golden Jewel”.

My name is Alicia and I am 32 years old. I was born and raised in Northern California by my amazing parents and older brother. Believe it or not my parents still live in the same house that I grew up in! Crazy right? I went to a private school from kindergarten to senior year and by the time I graduated I was basically burnt out. I had no interest in going to a normal four year college. All throughout high school i do remember having three dreams for myself for after graduation.

One of my dreams was to someday have a golden retriever and give her the name Jewels. I can still remember telling my mom this in the car on the way to school. I’m not even quite sure when my love for Golden Retrievers started or even how I came up with the name Jewels, but it was a dream I knew I would make a reality sooner rather than later. Growing up we had small dogs since that’s what my mom preferred, and we really didn’t have the best luck with them. So I think I always knew I would have a big lovable dog and there’s just no better breed than a Golden!

Ready for that second big dream I had for myself? A Movie/tv Star! Yep you read that right and I bet you may have even laughed! Seriously tho since I was very young I’ve always had a passion for film and loved everything about acting. I did some theatre in high school but stage just wasn’t where my heart was. I needed to be in front of the camera. I participated in a film festival at 18 years old and had some good behind the scenes experience and even had a chance on camera. 

If I’m being perfectly honest acting is still a dream for me even at 32. Two years ago I was given an amazing opportunity. Did you watch the Netflix original series 13 Reason Why? Well if you didn’t know that entire series was filmed in Northern California! The show was looking and casting for background actors so naturally I was ALL OVER THAT! I was able to get hired and work on set many different times for season 2! Easily one of my most favorite experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Met so many amazing people, got to work right next to the main actors of the show, and had an up close look at what all goes into filming.

I had every intention to work on season 3 but I found out I was expecting my second child! So this brings me to my third dream! Having a family! Let me give you a quick little back story so I can explain to you how I met my husband. After high school I decided to go to beauty school since I’ve always loved doing hair. I thought how perfect this would be and a great alternative to that normal four year college. After I graduated and got my license I started workin in a salon assisting the owner. I can vividly remember putting away towels and hearing the bell ring from someone walking in the door. When I looked towards the door I saw the most gorgeous guy I had ever seen😍. 

To make a long story short I will tell you that it was love at first sight for the both of us! Apparently his mom was working as a nail tech in the salon and he had dropped by for a visit. His mom told me after he walked in he had asked her, “hey whose the new girl”? We started dating shortly after and actually got married about a year later! April 25, 2009 we started our lives together because April 25th is the “perfect date” not too hot and not too cold all you need is a light jacket😂. Yes I totally referenced Miss Congeniality because again I’m a lover of all things film! In all seriousness I can’t believe we have been married for over 10 years!

My husbands name is Jesse and he is 30 years old. He’s an amazing guy and one of the hardest working people I know. He’s been in the Air Force Reserve for 7 years as a load master for the C-17, and he is in corrections. About 5 years after being married we decided it was time to start our family! We were blessed to get pregnant with our beautiful daughter Aria Rose! She is 5 years old and in kindergarten this year and loving every minute. She is full of love, life, and ALL THE SASS! If I’m being perfectly honest there are nights I need a stiff drink after I put her to bed😂. She is truly amazing and has a heart of gold and I’m excited to see where life will take her. 

Four years after my daughter was born I was finally ready to try for our second! I always knew I wanted more than one but Aria was a handful and even made me wonder if I could handle another 🤔😂. Plus pregnancy was very hard on me as I was sick the entire time. Also was quite traumatized from my labor with her. Labor was a long and scary 60+ hours that resulted in a cesarean. Aria had to be rushed to a nicu by ambulance the day I was supposed to take her home (my birthday) and had to stay for a week without me. I suffered post partum depression for months. I was honestly terrified to go though all of that again. Thankfully by age 4 Aria calmed down and I was ready to face my fears and add to our family. 

After months of trying we FINALLY got a positive pregnancy test! We later found out we were expecting a son💙. I worked hard this pregnancy to take care of myself so I could have the best chance of a VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarian). Well long story short I got my VBAC after only 12 hours of labor. He came out perfect in every way and he literally stole my heart in that moment. We gave him the name Lucas which means “light bringing” and he has been just that to our family ever since. We just celebrated his first birthday September 28th😊.

This is the short version of US and hopefully you have a better idea of who I am! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and get to know me and my family! Please drop a comment and let me know you were here! Now let’s get to know ALL OF YOU!

Until next week,


Golden Jewel 💎

7 Comments on “This Is Us”

  1. Good Morning Alicia! What an awesome introduction. I am George Clooney’s, Toby, grandma. Our family originated from Forest Knoll’s, CA and moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2000. We still have family throughout the Bay Area. Thank you for your openness and support. I look forward to learning more.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Can you message me on FB?! I would LOVE to get to know George Clooney! Where about do you have family here?!

  2. Awesome wife, mother and golden lover! Welcome to our special group of people giving special forever homes to these pups.

  3. What a beautiful written blog on who you are Alicia! Your love for life, your family and for Goldens are very vividly written with sincerity! Jewels was an amazing dog and because of her, I too, fell in love with the golden life! Goldenswithoutborders is truly hearts of love put into action. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with us!! God bless this beautiful work of love!!!

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